Computer Book Reviews

The Internet Writing Journal, April 1998
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The Cold Fusion Web Application Construction Kit 2nd Ed. by Ben Forta

Que, Feb., 1998.
Trade Paperback, 1024 pages.
ISBN: 0789714140
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Kit 2nd Ed. by Ben Forta Cold Fusion is a web application development platform from software company Allaire. This excellent guidebook to Cold Fusion, which also comes with a CD-ROM that contains a free thirty-day trial of the software, helps to get you up to speed on this powerful tool. The first and second sections of the book cover an introduction to Cold Fusion, installation procedures and administration of Cold Fusion using your browser. The third part of the book covers basic topics including creating databases and tables, SQL, Cold Fusion forms, form data validation and debugging and troubleshooting. The fourth section covers more advanced topics including advanced SQL, online commerce, transaction processing, cookies, directory services, event scheduling and custom tags. The last section includes appendixes with quick reference indexes on Cold Fusion functions and tags. Coverage of Cold Fusion Studio, an interactive development environment, is also included in the book.

This comprehensive book provides concrete instruction on Cold Fusion which can aid the reader in developing simple and complex online applications to enhance websites. A recommended book for any serious Cold Fusion developer.


Presenting XML by Richard Light

Sams.net, Sep., 1997.
Trade Paperback, 414 pages.
ISBN: 1575213346
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by Richard Light XML or eXtensible Markup Language, a new buzzword in internet publishing, is making the headlines a great deal lately. This guide to XML provides in-depth instruction on how to understand and take advantage of this web publishing markup language. The book provides an introduction to XML which explains the differences between XML, SGML and HTML, what XML is and how it is a useful web publishing tool. The second section of the book teaches you how to code in XML including topics on logical structures, physical structures, XML rules, linking with XML, style and the XML processor. The third section covers how to turn existing HTML into XML and how to develop an XML Memo Application and the final section looks at XML software and future uses of XML. A companion website is also available which includes a web tour of XML resources.

This introduction to XML will give you insight into this new mark-up language developed from SGML. Recommended for those who want to get a jump on the language while it is in its early developmental stages.


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